Iowa Alpha Sigma Master Chapter No. 1632 met 11:30 a.m. May 8 at the home of Marilyn Larimore for its 79th meeting to observe Mother’s Day.
After repeating the Beta Sigma Phi grace, members enjoyed a salad luncheon.
President Marilyn Larimore called the meeting to order by having members tell of their memories of Mother’s Day when they were children.
Norma Putnam read the Dec. 12 and April 10 meetings for approval. Loretta Kelly read the minutes of the April 24 meeting for approval.
There were no official communications.
There were no unofficial communications.
Treasurer Pat Fils reported she paid the international endowment and state project. A bill was presented for $26.75 for the flower centerpiece. Marilyn Blazek moved and Dorothy Eyberg seconded this bill be allowed, carried.
Social – none
Service will be discussed later.
Ways and Means – none
Telephone – none
Members repeated the closing ritual then joined hands for the Mizpah.
Larimore gave the program on Sun Valley.
Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary
Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met May 14.
Canasta winners were Wanda Nash, first; Barb Veitz, second; and Connie Bailey, third.
Barb Veitz won the door prize.
Carol Harrison was hostess for cards and chatter Wednesday.
St. John’s Evening Fellowship
St. John’s Evening Women’s Fellowship met May 12 in the parish hall. Carol Wallace was in charge of devotions titled “The Little Lost Lamb.”
Joan Chubick collected the least coin and read “The Pickle Jar.”
Tammy Willlets conducted the business meeting. The secretary and treasurer gave their monthly reports. Peggy Erskine gave the card report. It was voted that a card and money be given to graduating member Charley Weeks.
Delores Doench reported on the Southwest Iowa Association meeting she attended in Harlan. Doench also reported on the food program taking place this summer by local churches. It was decided to check with the Congregational United Church of Christ to see if they need assistance with the children’s lunch program that will be going on in the months of July and August. The congregational church has volunteered for the week of Aug. 4. This program offers lunch for school-age children at the Methodist Church from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.
Doench also reported on the backpack program. It was voted to donate glue and glue sticks for the backpacks. They will be filling approximately 500 backpacks. She will be attending a meeting June 1 to report on the progress of this endeavors with the other participating churches in town.
Ramona Weeks is checking on new carpet for the church’s outside entrance. New officers were voted on for next year. They will be President Tammy Willets, Vice President Mary Burg, Secretary Joyce Clark, Treasurer Carol Wallace, Cards Peggy Erskine and Welcoming Betty Lynam.
Chubick won the trivia prize presented by Joyce Clark.
Refreshments were served by Willets.
The group will not be meeting over the summer, but will reconvene in September.
The Book Club
The Book Club met May 5 at the home of Retta Ripperger with eight members and one guest, Barbara Mathews. President Donna Haag opened the meeting with a quote by Max Lucado from “Whispered Words of Encouragement.”
Roll call was answered with books read since the April meeting.
In the absence of minutes, Velma Riegel read a newspaper write-up of the April 7 meeting.
Members signed up for the 2014-15 year as hostess or book reviewer. The program/yearbook committee will be the president, Shonda Deranleau, Meg Crawford, Carolyn Derrick, Carolyn Hubatka and Dorothy McNaught.
For the program, members watched the movie “The Great Gatsby,” after every member had read the book and discussed it at the April meeting.
Members brought snacks to have during the movie. After the movie, the hostess served refreshments.
The next meeting will be Sept. 8 at the home of Pat Pokorny with Deb Richardson giving the book review.
VFW Post 1797
VFW Post 1797 met May 13 at Elks Lodge in Creston. Fifteen members and guests were present for dinner.
Commander O’Daniels called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. with 12 members present.
The post draped the charter for veterans Dale Lauer, James Lund, Elmer Vanderplyum, Hal Dean Morris and Ronald Neely.
Minutes and QM reports were read and approved.
Service officers report was honor guard 68 hours, community service 28 hours, bloodmobile 14 hours and hospital 53 hours for a total of 163 hours. Members have also traveled 360 miles for veterans.
The post surgeon visited veterans at both nursing homes.
In old business, a veterans supermarket will be held May 17 at the restored Creston Depot. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A discussion was held on repairing or replacing the fence around the VFW field. VFW will work with the Park and Recreation Department.
In new business, the Memorial Day program schedule is as follows Monday, May 26, DAR at McKinley Park memorial garden at 8:30 a.m.; service at Calvary Cemetery at 9:30 a.m.; service at Graceland Cemetery 10:30 a.m. The speaker will be Capt. Eric Green an Army Reserve officer.
O’Daniels gave a report on state and district VFW. A district meeting was held May 17 in Ottumwa.
State VFW meeting will held in Burlington June 6-8.
The meeting adjourned at 8 p.m.
The next meeting will be June 10 at Elks Lodge with 6 p.m. dinner and 7 p.m. meeting. All Veterans are encouraged to attend.
Afton Federated Garden Club
Afton Federated Garden Club met May 9 at Afton Community Center with Iris Smith and Judy Weese as hostesses. President Vicki Johnson called the meeting to order with members repeating the Pledge of Allegiance and club collect. Roll call was answered by 11 members.
Minutes for the April meeting were read. A motion to approve was made by Shirley Wallace and seconded by Judy Harmon. Bev Rowe gave the treasurer’s report, and it was approved and will be filed as noted.
AFGC Chairperson Donna Thomas sent a get well card to Audrey McDowell, a sympathy card to Iris Smith and a birthday card to Kathy Tapken.
June 2-8 is National Garden Club Week. Johnson brought posters to be signed by the mayors of surrounding towns and displayed that week.
The district annual meeting will be June 2 at the Lotus Convention Center in St. Charles. Give money to Rowe by May 23 for reservations. Members signed up to bring a jelly roll pan of bars or two dozen cookies to be served that morning. Be at the convention center by 8 a.m. to help set up and serving will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Wallace brought her first draft of club cookbook to see. Members were happy with the artwork and recipes. It was decided to check into the price of having the books printed.
June 6 is AFGC’s annual club tour. Meet at Afton Park at 8:30 a.m. and carpool from there. Rowe is in charge of planning the tour.
Some members met Monday to plant flowers in the planters around Afton Park. They had lunch after.
Motion to adjourn was made by Pauline McCoy and seconded by Rowe. All repeated the conservation pledge.
An informative program on energy conservation was given by Kathy Tapken. She talked about wind turbines.
Refreshments were served by Iris Smith and Judy Weese.
The next meeting will be a club tour June 6.
Mary Circle of First Christian Church met May 15 at the home of Florence Willets. There were 12 members present.
President Fils called the meeting to order with the Disciple Women’s prayer.
Joyce read the secretary’s report. Margaret gave the treasurer’s report. They were approved as read.
Old business was discussed.
In new business, circle books need to be updated for the coming year. Shirley and Rhonda volunteered to do this.
The next meeting will be 11:30 a.m. June 5 at A&G Steakhouse.
There will be no meetings during the summer. They will be resumed in September at the Marilyn Larimore home.
Rhonda had the program on “when the going gets tough.”
Fils closed the meeting with the DWF Benediction.
The hostess served dessert and assorted treats.
Union Squares dance club celebrated its 50th anniversary May 3 with 52 people in attendance with Beck and Carla Peck from Des Moines calling and cueing. There was music from the1960s through today. There was square and line dancing. Dinner was served after.
There are square dance clubs throughout Iowa. Visit the website www.iowasquaredance.org.
Upcoming dances for summer:
• Machine shed dance June 14 at Marvin and Leilie Eivens in Macksburg. There will be a potluck at 6 p.m. and dance at 7 p.m. with Fred Grow and Brian Keeler calling.
• 7 p.m. July 1 at Afton Lawn Chair Night. Tom Woodin will be calling.
• 9 to 11 a.m. July 16 at Adams County Fair in Corning with Bob Woodin calling.
• 8 p.m. July 25 at Page County Fair.
Creston United Methodist Women
The Executive Committee of Creston United Methodist Women 9 a.m. May 1 in fellowship hall. Susan Weight, co-president, called the meeting to order. For devotions, Beth Perry read scripture and in unison the words to the hymn “Help Us Accept Each Other” were read. There was correspondence from Mission U regarding the summer session, July 13-16 in Marshalltown.
For social action, the legislative session passed a bill on human trafficking, and it has been sent to the governor for signature. Also, there is a new code section regarding prostitution under the age of 18, which will attempt to provide stronger protection to victims.
The UMW Standing Rules were reviewed again. Changes were made to duties of the officers, funeral dinners and finances. These will go to unit for approval. Women at the Well, a prison ministry, will be on June 19 at Mitchellville.
The unit meeting was held at 10 a.m., with Sandy McNichols, co-president, presiding. There were 13 members and two guests present. Beth Perry again had devotions, reading scripture and a prayer titled “Day of Pentecost.” In unison, members read the hymn “This is My Song.”
Jerrie Henderson and Susan Weight, who had attended Mission U in July and October of last year, then presented the mission study on the Roma of Europe. The Roma are migratory nomads and are often called “gypsies.” An assortment of religious networks actively work with the Roma people, and the United Methodist Church focuses specifically on ministry for the Roma in Central and Southern Europe.
The business meeting was held after the mission study, where the UMW Standing Rules were officially adopted. A motion was made to give $500 to the church fund called Abundant Grace.
The meeting was closed with the Bible verse read in unison from Psalms 59:1.
Morning Circle met at 9:30 a.m. May 15 at Prairie View Assisted Living. There were 15 present, and Susan Weight presided. Hostess was Peg Anderson. Ellen Rinner gave the program titled “A Mother’s Day Prayer for Peace,” which explored the unique gifts and perspectives women bring to the table when answering Christ’s call to be peacemakers.
Evening Circle met at 7 p.m. May 15 in fellowship hall. There were 13 present, and Rosalie Denton presided. Terry Ammon had the program which was the same as for Morning Circle and three readers assisted her with scripture.
Before presenting the program, Ammon talked about the African countries of Ghana in the Western Sudan and Rwanda. Missionaries are trying to get the people better accessibility to clean water and combating hunger. Women in these countries do most of the work while the men languish. Terry wore an African dress.
The Young Women’s group did not meet.
The next executive meeting will be in late August. The next unit meeting will be in September, and circles will meet again in September.
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Delta Kappa Gamma
Twelve members attended the May 12 meeting of Pi Chapter Delta Kappa Gamma International at the Old Market Antique Store.
Janelle Krentz gave a presentation on collecting antiques and how she started her business.
After the meeting, the group met at Casa de Oro for a meal and business meeting.
President Joan Lienneman called the meeting to order.
M/S/C by Sandy Harris and Martha Pine to approve the April minutes as read.
The treasurer’s report was given by Kim Riley; M/S/C by Harris and Martha Pine to approve the treasurer’s report as presented.
The state president’s visit will be Oct. 11 with Pi chapter deciding on a location. Joan Lienneman and Harris have registered for the 2014 state convention to be held June 13-15 in Davenport.
The international conference will be July 28-Aug. 1 in Indianapolis, Ind.
Evan Baldwin of Southwest Valley High School has been chosen to receive a $150 scholarship. He plans to attend Northwest Missouri State University majoring in education.
The group discussed several program options for the 2014-2015 year.
The next meeting will be held Sept. 8 with the location being determined. Installation of officers will take place.
The meeting was adjourned with M/S/C by Martha Pine and Kay Raymond.
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The weekly Kiwanis meeting was held 12:05 p.m. Tuesday at The Windrow with 21 members and seven guests. President Chris Frederickson presided. Jamie Travis was greeter and Drew Henderson gave the prayer and was finemaster.
The program was Steve McDermott, superintendent of Creston Community Schools. He discussed programs and improvements to buildings and curriculum in the Creston Schools. Also, the focus going forward to keep improving.
Anna Wilson, Creston senior, was presented the Mickey Finn Scholarship from the club by Karon Finn and SWCC President Barb Crittenden.
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The GRMC Auxiliary meeting was held 10 a.m. Monday in the MAP conference room. Annette Rice and 13 auxiliary members were present.
The prior month’s minutes were read. Correction was noted and accepted that the prior minutes stated Beverly Betts had approved the minutes. Correction should read that Bev Butler approved the minutes.
Monte Neitzel gave an administrative report. The hospital has many activities going on for National Hospital Week. He said plans are being made to upgrade the facility’s parking lots, hopefully beginning in August. Other projects include the desire to upgrade the facility to a level three trauma certification. GRMC now has a level four certification. There is also interest being shown for physician recruitment. The pavers are ordered annually for the hospice home have arrived and will be set as weather permits.
The new volunteer report given stated there were no new volunteers during the last month. Rice will be hosting another information guide training session to be announced at a later date.
The gift shop has been offering several discount promotions during National Hospital Week. Amy reported the apparel sale had a good turnout, and she is taking orders for employee jackets.
The auxiliary has received all signed scholarship agreements from recipients.
Safe Sitter training plans will be June 19 and 20.
The members decided to attend the summer gathering June 5 in Chariton.
The meeting adjourned at 10:55 a.m.
The next meeting will be on 10 a.m. June 9 in the MAP conference room.
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Creston Lions Club
The Board of Directors of Creston Lions Club met at 7 a.m. May 13 at Adams Street Espresso. First Vice President Ron Dunphy conducted the meeting.
The minutes of the May 6 meeting were approved. Twila Brant gave the financial report. Two bills were presented and approved for payment. The finance committee will meet soon to audit the books and prepare a new budget.
The club received a thank you from Camp Courageous in Monticello for a recent donation. A request for financial assistance for new eyeglasses was approved. Sheri Holliday of Winterset will attend the June 3 meeting to install officers and new members.
Creston Lions met May 20 at noon at The Pizza Ranch. President Pro-tem Tom Braymen conducted the meeting. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited, and Delmer Brown gave the invocation.
Dean Brant shared a letter from Lions Club International regarding new club members. He announced the state convention will be June 6-8 in Cedar Rapids. Beth Perry reported the completion of a request for financial assistance for a person needing new glasses.
The June 3 meeting will be a dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Cromwell Church. Reservations will be required. The program will include installation of new officers, induction of new members and presentation of awards. Past District Gov. Sheri Holliday of Winterset will conduct the program.
Members will be needed to work at the Fourth of July bingo stand at McKinley Park. Tom Henderson won the drawing. The meeting was adjourned.